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  1. So I decided maybe it'd be a good time to invest in a decent acoustic drum kit. I had previously been playing on a cheap-o electronic drum kit from Alesis, which has been a less than stellar experience for me... the pads had very lousy rebound which only got worse as time wore on, the cymbals that came with it were either not sensitive enough or too sensitive in that one cymbal would only recognize really hard hits while the other would trigger multiple times from one hit, the bass drum pedal started to stick after a while, and the list goes on. But I guess I got what I paid for, and it made due for a good while.

    Anyway, rather than shell out a shit ton of cash for a decent electronic kit, I decided to finally get a good acoustic kit to bang on, for a couple of obvious reasons. First and foremost, I really don't dig the sound of even the highest end electronic kits... sounds much too robotic, even with 500 different drum instruments programmed into them. Also, a good acoustic kit cost me a lot less than it would have cost me to get an okay electronic kit. Soooo, what I got was a TAMA 6-piece kit (1 bass drum, 1 snare, 2 rack toms, and 2 floor toms) and a basic cymbal set (hi-hat, crash, ride, and an extra splash). I'd say that just about does the job quite nicely, especially compared to the junkheap I was playing before.

    *Ahem* So I just finished putting everything together and getting all the drums tuned (which I previously had no experience doing as you obviously don't need to tune an electric drum, so that was a fun learning experience). All that really needs to be done now is to move a couple of things around and do some final adjustments on everything. But other than that, it's awesome. Here's a couple pics I just snapped on my shitty camera phone:





    I am quite happy with my purchase.

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    2. AgentSpork

      AgentSpork

      vdgg said:

      My drumming experience is in a distant past, mainly because of lack of perseverance on my side. I wouldn't bother writing in your blog hadn't you write an unexpected PM some months ago... Well I don't own anything related to drums now, except... two books with progressive rock tunes scores for drums, Bill Bruford's When in doubt, roll! and Carl Palmer's Applied Rhythms. Obviously I can't sell them to you nor to anyone (too precious) and I can't make a copy (for copyright reasons). But if there's something I can do for you (perhaps scanning a sample page of each one is not illegal? no clue) regarding these books, I'd be glad to do so.


      Anything pertaining to Bill Bruford is obviously of great interest to me. He's definitely one of my favorite drummers, along with Gavin Harrison. :P

      I hope you practice to click.


      I do, regularly. Obviously the most important part of drumming is being able to keep time, so anyone who doesn't regularly practice to a metronome isn't fit to be a drummer in my book. No human being can magically keep a beat without regular practice.

    3. baronofheck82

      baronofheck82

      1, 2, 3, 4, BAM! 1, 2, 3, 4, BAM! (cue tom run here)
      HEY! QUIT HITTIN' THOSE FUCKIN' DRUMS SO HARD, SON, WHAT THE HELL?!

      Heheh, anyway. That's a nice looking setup. What's the small cymbal next to the hi-hat called? A friend of mine has a Tama setup that looks a lot like this, but with another rack tom, minus a floor tom and a whole bunch of cymbals, as well as another bass drum pedal for double bass stuff. Fun as hell to beat around on. May you have fun playing and getting really friggin' good :D

    4. AgentSpork

      AgentSpork

      baronofheck82 said:

      1, 2, 3, 4, BAM! 1, 2, 3, 4, BAM! (cue tom run here)
      HEY! QUIT HITTIN' THOSE FUCKIN' DRUMS SO HARD, SON, WHAT THE HELL?!

      Heheh, anyway. That's a nice looking setup. What's the small cymbal next to the hi-hat called? A friend of mine has a Tama setup that looks a lot like this, but with another rack tom, minus a floor tom and a whole bunch of cymbals, as well as another bass drum pedal for double bass stuff. Fun as hell to beat around on. May you have fun playing and getting really friggin' good :D

      The cymbal next to the hi-hat is a 10" splash cymbal, for added effect. Yeah, if I do any expansions to the kit later on I'd probably add some more cymbals or replace the ones that came with it with some nice Zildjian cymbals. :D

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